Stage 9 — Burlington to Golden
Sunday, September 14th — Burlington to Golden
Stage nine took us from Burlington to Golden, Colorado. The riders had to climb 2,000 feet.The total distance was 250 miles. But the real altitude test will be tomorrow as the riders cross the Rocky Mountains.
The finish today is at David Uhl Studios. All four Team Vino riders crossed the finish line with full points, as did Pat and Cris Simmons. They said it was a tough ride — sometimes on the Interstate dodging cars, sometimes on narrow, winding roads with no shoulder at the base of the Rockies. In fact, a Henderson rider went off the road and down into a ravine. He managed to climb out, tape his handlebars together and finished the race! (Note: when I first wrote this story, those were the reports I had heard from other riders who saw the bike and noted that it did not look too damaged — and had, in fact, only taped handlebars. The rider, Clyde Crouch #31 was standing, and perhaps they assumed he would continue to ride. However, the EMT who rode with the riders, Vicky “Spitfire” Sanfelipo convinced him that a trip to the hospital might be in order. Good thing. Clyde is now recovering from surgery and broken ribs. Clyde’s bike is a 1929 Henderson KJ.)
As crew members we anxiously await the riders arrival, and are always relieved when they all make it in safely with no breakdowns. Below are images from today / Stage 9:
official Harley Davidson artist, although their styles differ.